Ontario General Motors plant workers go on strike

Union announced the strike late Sunday evening


ONTARIO, CANADA – General Motors employees of the Cami Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada are now on strike.

The strike started late Sunday evening, after representatives from General Motors and the Unior Local 88 Auto Workers' Union failed to reach a new contract agreement.

A spokesperson for General Motors Canada released a statement Sunday, saying:

"While General Motors of Canada and our Unifor partners have made very positive progress on several issues over the past weeks, the company is disappointed that we were not able to complete a new agreement. We encourage Unior to resume negotiations and to continue working together to secure a competitive agreement."

The union also released a statement, saying it was seeking to address shop floor issues, as well as improved wages and employee benefits.

This failure to reach a contract agreement comes just months after General Motors made significant job cuts across the board, including hundreds of layoffs from the Warren assembly plant.

The Cami Assembly Plant is a primary manufacturer of the Chevrolet Equinox Compact SUV.